Description: KPFA's Bob Sitton interviews Dr. Reidar Wennesland, one of the foremost patrons and collectors of art by Beat-era artists, and artist Arthur Monroe. The Norwegian-born Wennesland, whose medical practice was based in the North Beach district of San Francisco, often accepted paintings in lieu of money for his services. He collected works by Monroe, Jay DeFeo, Jess and George Herms, among many others, at a time when few other collectors did. In the recording, Wennesland discusses his collection of 1950s San Francisco painters' work and his decision to donate the collection to his hometown in Norway. Monroe discusses his own art from that period and why San Francisco's artists from this time period have been overlooked relative to artists in New York City.
Call Number: BC0166
Rights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Pacifica Radio Archives. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.